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Ronaldinho’s crazy gesture towards Cristiano Ronaldo

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Praise towards Cristiano Ronaldo, yes he was. And when they are compliments that come from a former teammate club Lionel Messi, this can only flatter the ego of Portuguese who is very sensitive to these kinds of affection. This is of course Ronaldinho, former player of the PSG and especially the Football Club of Barcelona who took advantage of his passage in Greece to talk about Portuguese football in an interview with him granted. He was there as part of an advertising campaign.

In an exclusive interview for the newspaper Record, the 2002 world champion and 2005 Golden Ball spoke on several topics around Portuguese football. In his remarks, the former number 10 of FC Barcelona spoke about the possibility of playing in Portugal, his friendship with several players in this championship, and his affection for the Portuguese. Who talks about Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo inevitably talks about football.

Roni, did not go out of his way to cover the captain of the Portuguese selection of praise. « He has won almost everything. It is rare in a player’s career to have the opportunity to win everything. He deserves all the rewards, all the joy … It’s been a perfect year for him. Then he continues. « Thanks to Ronaldo, the Portuguese selection is treated more seriously. He, as emblem of Portugal, makes sure that everyone observes this selection for good. Now everyone is expecting something from this selection because they have a very good team, « he added to close the interview.

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Ibrahimovic will start with bench role, says Mourinho

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At least initially, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be used off the bench for Manchester United.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have to settle for a spot off the bench to begin his return from injury, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said.

Ibrahimovic, 36, is set to make his comeback from a serious knee injury when Mourinho’s men host Newcastle United in the Premier League Saturday.

The Swede may have to battle with Romelu Lukaku for a starting spot, but Mourinho said Ibrahimovic would be used off the bench – at least initially.

« As a start, I see him on the bench and it’s where I see him, » the Portuguese tactician said.

« It’s where he’s going to be [Saturday], on the bench. »

« Zlatan, he’s a very important player for us and of course, we welcome him back, » says the boss. « He has incredible personality to fight such an injury. » #MUFC pic.twitter.com/XZOuau166n

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 17, 2017

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in 46 games in all competitions for United last season before his injury, and he decided to re-sign for another campaign at Old Trafford.

While the arrival of Lukaku may reduce Ibrahimovic’s game time, Mourinho believes the pair could play together.

« This season we played so many times with two strikers, » he said.

« We played so many times, especially when we played three at the back and the wing backs, we brought the second man to the centre so we can do it.

« We are ready to do it and we prepared ourselves since pre-season.

« In pre-season we started doing three in the back already, so they can play together. »

Source: www.besoccer.com

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Championship Review: Sheffield United go top

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Sheffield United are top of the Championship, while Bolton Wanderers are now unbeaten in six matches.

Billy Sharp scored twice as Sheffield United moved back to the top of the Championship with a 3-1 victory at Burton Albion on Friday.

Sharp netted the opener from the spot in the 10th minute after being brought down by Kyle McFadzean, before Matt Palmer equalised for the hosts with a 25-yard strike.

The Blades captain converted a Mark Duffy delivery to restore the lead three minutes later, and Leon Clarke wrapped up the win with a second-half header, having earlier hit the post.

The result moves Chris Wilder’s men a point clear of Wolves at the summit, with the deposed leaders set to travel to Reading on Saturday, although their joy was tempered by an injury – thought to be a broken leg – that saw Paul Coutts taken to hospital.

The Blades are victorious in Friday night’s encounter at the Pirelli Stadium #twitterblades #sufc #forgedinsteel pic.twitter.com/ZKn252cBae

— Sheffield United (@SUFC_tweets) November 17, 2017

Burton, meanwhile, have now lost five consecutive home matches and sit one point clear of the relegation zone.

Bolton Wanderers, meanwhile, missed an opportunity to climb out of the drop zone after being held to a goalless draw by Preston North End at Deepdale.

Source: www.besoccer.com

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Schurrle: Dortmund couldn’t deal with Stuttgart counter-attacks

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Borussia Dortmund made it three Bundesliga defeats in a row against Stuttgart, something Andre Schurrle blamed on a failure to « dominate ».

Andre Schurrle felt Borussia Dortmund paid the price for a lack of dominance and a susceptibility to counter-attacks in their 2-1 loss to Stuttgart.

Peter Bosz’s side suffered their third Bundesliga defeat in a row at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Friday, with Chadrac Akolo and Josip Brekalo scoring for the hosts either side of a Maximilian Philipp strike following a missed Schurrle penalty.

Schurrle, starting a league game for the first time this season in place of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was dropped for a breach of discipline, felt Dortmund responded well to the blow of Akolo’s fifth-minute opener but should have done more with their first-half chances.

The former Chelsea man also called on his team-mates to improve their defensive organisation in order to stop other teams exploiting them on the break.

« I think we played a good game, especially in the first half after the almost own-goal, » he said immediately after the match. « We came back strong, had good control and played some good football. But we need to score more goals.

« In the second half, we didn’t dominate the game as we wanted. It went from in front of their goal to the other goal and, as Borussia Dortmund, you can’t let the game happen like this. We have to dominate and work the ball. We can’t give them so many good chances. »

1 – Josip #Brekalo is the first Croatian player to score for @VfB_int in the #Bundesliga since Zvonimir Soldo back in 2005. Nostalgia. #VfBBVB pic.twitter.com/H84X39Y1gb

— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) November 17, 2017

Dortmund lost Sokratis Papastathopoulos at half-time but Schurrle refused to blame Stuttgart’s second goal on replacement Dan-Axel Zagadou, who failed to stop the run of Brekalo.

« Dan came in and played a really good game, » he said. « But when you’re as open as we are, and they play so many counter-attacks, it’s difficult to win games. »

Dortmund now face a daunting run of fixtures, with their Champions League fate to be decided against Tottenham and Real Madrid amid league games against fierce rivals Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen.

Schurrle, however, sees it as a chance to show the Dortmund fans the team is prepared to fight to improve.

« It’s a good opportunity. It’s the most important game for our fans and you saw they were behind us but were very frustrated at the end and disappointed with us, » he added.

« We need to go back, work on our shape, build some stamina and then go and play in the Champions League and the derby. »

Source: www.besoccer.com

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